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Check out the latest updates and in-depth stories from our staff and colleagues in the Midwest.

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Howard's Blog

Watch Our Year-End Update Video

We’re celebrating some big wins for the environment and ELPC in 2022. Watch our year-end update video to see our impact on protecting the Midwest's environment.

12/14/22

Howard A. Learner

Victory

Celebrate ELPC’s 30th Anniversary!

A look back at three decades of environmental impact. A look ahead at the Midwest's sustainable future.

2/1/23

Story

Fighting for Energy Justice in Minnesota

An innovative approach in Xcel Energy’s rate case tackles persistent, structural injustices in the electricity system.

1/27/23

Erica S. McConnell

Story

Winter Manure Spreading is Bad for Midwest Water

Frozen ground can’t absorb nutrient pollution, so it washes away and affects communities downstream.

1/20/23

Kathleen Garvey

Testimony

ELPC to EPA: Tighten Methane Rules for Oil and Gas Industry

More than 4.5 million Midwesterners live within a half-mile of oil and gas sites  

1/19/23

Ann Mesnikoff

Op-Ed

For Energy Transition Equity, Communities Must Run Community Solar

Not just community solar, but specifically community-owned community solar, provides an example of what a more equitable, decentralized clean energy transition could look like.

12/19/22

Howard's Blog

Watch Our Year-End Update Video

We’re celebrating some big wins for the environment and ELPC in 2022. Watch our year-end update video to see our impact on protecting the Midwest's environment.

12/14/22

Howard A. Learner

Howard's Blog

2022: What a Year!

What a year! 2022 Year in Review by ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner

12/5/22

Howard A. Learner

Howard's Blog

Seizing Environmental Opportunities for Midwest Progress Following the 2022 Midterm Elections

Voters chose competence, stability, and problem-solving over chaos and disruption.

11/15/22

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: 2022 Post-Election Analysis

What do the Election Results Mean for the Midwest Environment?

11/14/22

Story

Better Transmission: Ensuring Renewables & Nature Aren’t at Odds

We can connect renewables to the grid fast without sacrificing habitats and communities. The key is to select transmission projects with better siting plans in the first place.

11/1/22

Tanmay Shukla

Story

ELPC Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Today we celebrate the substantial impact of the Clean Water Act over the past 50 years. We will continue to fight for safe, clean water. Thank you for fighting with us.

10/18/22

Des Moines Register: MidAmerican wants to invest $3.9B in renewable energy. Environmentalists, big power users demand to see data

In pushing MidAmerican to retire its six coal plants, the environmental groups have pointed to a study they commissioned showing that gradually shutting them down would save Iowa consumers $1.2 billion over a decade.

10/5/22

Josh Mandelbaum

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: 2023 Outlook on EVs for the Midwest

Watch our ELPC Thinks webinar discussing the 2023 outlook for electric vehicles in the Midwest. 

9/29/22

Story

My EV Road Trip Around Lake Michigan

As far as the road trip experience goes – this was a success. Our next car will be an EV, and as the infrastructure expands our road trips will only improve in the future.

9/27/22

Howard's Blog

What Does W. Virginia v EPA Mean for Climate Action?

The Supreme Court's decision will likely provide another tool for polluters to delay sensible standards. States and Congress will need to step up to protect our environment and public health.

9/23/22

Howard A. Learner

Story

Improving Chicago’s Union Station is a Win for the Whole Midwest

Union Station Access Project will have region-wide benefits. It’s just one of several projects to improve passenger rail across the Midwest thanks to new federal infrastructure funds.

9/2/22

Kevin Brubaker

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Rising Waters Report

Watch the most recent ELPC Thinks on our Rising Waters report

8/17/22

Update

Revitalizing Illinois’ Power Grid: Where We Are

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued its first two orders that spell out the requirements for ComEd and Ameren’s initial integrated grid plans. As with any new process, there are lessons to be learned.

7/25/22

Eric Sippert

Story

Electric School Buses and Utilities: New Partnerships for Clean Air

Utilities are industry leaders who can help school districts electrify student transportation and improve public health

7/19/22

Eric Sippert

Howard's Blog

Watch Our 2022 Summer Update

Hear about our successes in protecting the Midwest environment so far this year.

7/15/22

Howard A. Learner

ELPC Events

West Virginia v. EPA Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA weakens the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases and other dangerous air pollutants. Watch our discussion and analysis of this decision.

7/1/22

Story

Grid Planning: What’s At Stake for Communities

Equity and decarbonization are inseparable twin goals. Both require planning for a more decentralized and transparent power grid.

6/23/22

Eric Sippert

Update

Get ready! Midwest rail projects are ready to roll

Federal infrastructure funding opens soon, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revamp passenger rail in the Midwest. Here's where we should start

5/31/22

Kevin Brubaker

Update

The Call of the Wild: Helping Protect Southern Illinois’ Natural Treasures

The most truly wild and spectacular public lands deserve the highest form of protection the nation can offer. That’s why ELPC and our coalition partners are pursuing federal Wilderness designations for three particularly majestic areas of the Shawnee National Forest.

5/19/22

Tyler Barron

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